Zoos connection to Great Depression

Greg Mankiw pointed this press release from Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). I had mentioned this in assorted links for today, but on readng the press release in detail, it deserves a separate post.

(AZA) today called for shovel-ready zoo and aquarium infrastructure projects to be eligible for Federal stimulus funding.

According to a 2008 national public opinion survey 79 percent of Americans believe that zoos and aquariums are good for their local economy, and an impressive 80 percent believe that zoos and aquariums are important enough to local communities to be supported by government funding.

Well, well. All they are saying is that they should be made a part of Obama’s fiscal stimuls plan. They should also be given government finances under the plan to build zoos and aquariums around US. And they have some strong support to back their arguments:

Many zoos have their roots in the Great Depression, when the Federal Work Projects Administration (WPA) helped build many zoos across America. In more recent times, aquariums have been successful anchors of waterfront renewal and development.

“Zoos and aquariums will deliver incredible value for the Federal government,” added Maddy. “Investment in these institutions will pay-off twice, first in immediate job creation, and second, in the environmental education of our children for years to come.”

It may sound funny to most but looks quite practical and do-able. It might not get that much opposition as well. There is always a debate on whether we should have zoos/aquariums at all in the first place but let us leave that to experts. I am only thinking from the fiscal stimuls perspective.

The initial draft of Obama’s plan shows he is pretty keen to make public buildings more energy efficient. Now, apart from zoos and aquariums he could also build facilities/exhibitions that teach future children the virtues of energy efficiency.

Paul Krugman in his blog remarked:

Seriously, we are in very deep trouble. Getting out of this will require a lot of creativity, and maybe some luck too.

Some creativity is beginning to show. It is also much better to read these proposals than all the tough papers on fiscal stimulus being pointed these days.

About these ads

8 Responses to “Zoos connection to Great Depression”

  1. Shadow Box 50 Gallon Showpiece Aquarium | Aquariums Says:

    [...] Zoos connection to Great Depression « Mostly Economics [...]

  2. Clear For Life Aquarium-Mezzo | Aquariums Says:

    [...] Zoos connection to Great Depression « Mostly Economics [...]

  3. Uniquarium-Mezzo | Aquariums Says:

    [...] Zoos connection to Great Depression « Mostly Economics [...]

  4. Octagon Aqua 55 Gallon Tower | Aquariums Says:

    [...] Zoos connection to Great Depression « Mostly Economics [...]

  5. Plasma TV Style Wall Mount Aquarium | Aquariums Says:

    [...] Zoos connection to Great Depression « Mostly Economics [...]

  6. Uniquarium 50-60 Gallon Quadra | Aquariums Says:

    [...] Zoos connection to Great Depression « Mostly Economics [...]

  7. Move over TARP, here is ARRA « Mostly Economics Says:

    [...] had posted Association of Zoos and Aquariums requested Obama to include reconstruction and  building of zoos [...]

  8. Zoos: Hot New Design Typology? | Hartanah.Org Says:

    [...] that everything — everything — can be tied back in a superficial way to the global recession. Zoos are typically born of economic downturns: 80% of Americans, at least, “believe that zoos and aquariums are good for their local [...]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,202 other followers

%d bloggers like this: